Reid Park Zoo
1030 S. Randolph Way (in Reid Park), Tucson.
Daily 9 am-4 pm.
More than 400 animals from around the world can be seen in naturalistic surroundings at this zoo, located on the grounds of one of the city's most popular parks. Rhinos, zebras, elephants, polar bears, giraffes, baboons and anteaters are among the many species in residence.
Tucson Children’s Museum
200 S. Sixth Ave. (in the Carnegie Library building), downtown, Tucson.
The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.
This museum is aimed at children ages 6 through 12 and has different areas for them to explore. The Tucson Children’s Museum features 10 hands-on galleries that demonstrate science, machinery, and natural history.
Arizona-Sonoran Desert Museum
2021 N. Kinney Road (30 minutes northwest of downtown), Tucson.
October-February daily 8:30 am-5 pm, March-September daily 7:30 am-5 pm. November-April
Prairie dogs pop up, rattlesnakes slither (behind protective glass), coyotes howl and Gila monsters lie in the high noon sun at this wonderful museum with more than 300 species of native wildlife. Tours and live demonstrations can teach you even more about what lives in the Sonoran Desert.
Columbia University's Biosphere 2 Center
Oracle Road (Highway 77) at mile marker 96.5 (about 20 minutes north of Tucson), Oracle.
Daily 9 am-4 pm.
All of Earth's climates and ecosystems including oceans, rain forests, marshes, deserts, and African-style savannahs are represented within the center's 3-acre glass-and-steel structure. An updated tour includes a new visitor center, movie, and gift shop. The guided tour leads visitors Under the Glass to experience first-hand the center's re-created "miniworld." Visitors are advised to wear comfortable shoes as there is a lot of walking
Funtasticks Family Fun Park
221 E. Wetmore Road (next to Tucson Mall), Tucson.
A park with a diverse range of family entertainment. For small children, there are mini go-karts and tiny bumper boats, a pint-sized arcade and even a kiddie coaster. Older kids (and adults, too) can take a swing at the batting cages, miniature golf, bungee trampoline and video arcade. Daily; hours vary by season, call for details.
Justin's Water World
3551 S. San Joaquin Road, Tucson.
May-September Friday-Sunday 10 am-5 pm.
Waterslides and pools for children of all ages are in store for visitors to Justin's Water World.